Des Moines News and Updates

Fireworks for the Fourth

List of all fireworks displays & events in Des Moines and surrounding areas: Des Moines: Yankee Doodle Pops will be held tomorrow, Friday, July 1 at 6:30 pm by the Des Moines Symphony at the Iowa State Capitol Grounds. Enjoy an old-fashioned Fourth at Living History Farms this holiday weekend from 11 a.m. to 5 […]

— Nicole Branstad

Jazz in July

Metro Arts Jazz in July is a month-long festival that celebrates jazz and art with free outdoor concerts across Greater Des Moines. Each year, interested jazz musicians apply to be a part of the series. The selected list includes returning musicians from Central Iowa and national acts with Iowa ties. Each concert is a mini-festival […]

— Nicole Branstad

One painterly professor

You read in the blog about this weekend’s Des Moines Arts Festival, a veritable visual feast not to be missed. Making the festival even better is “the other art show,” the ArtFest Midwest, also this weekend in the air-conditioned Varied Industries Building at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. ArtFest Midwest is especially special to DMU, because […]

— Barb Boose

Des Moines Arts Festival

Here in Des Moines we are so lucky to have such a thriving creative and artistic community and the culmination of of this group of people happens annually at the Des Moines Arts Festival. This year’s events start Friday and run through Sunday. The Des Moines Arts Festival features 185 of the nation’s top professional artists […]

— Nicole Branstad

Reach out and T.O.U.C.H. someone

Like most osteopathic medical schools, Des Moines University participates in a national volunteer recognition program called T.O.U.C.H. I completely forgot what that acronym actually stands for, but the idea is that T.O.U.C.H. is a system designed to reward students who go above and beyond the requirements of their curriculum and use their time in medical […]

— Nathan McConkey

Good for you, good for veterans

Some time ago, Des Moines yoga teacher Ryan Esdohr learned about the Wounded Warrior Project, a program that started as a way to provide comfort items to wounded service members and has since grown into a complete rehabilitative effort to assist warriors as they recover and transition back to back to civilian life. Compelled to […]

— Barb Boose

Pridefest

This weekend is the annual PrideFest here in Des Moines. The event celebrates the importance of gay culture in the Midwest through various activities including a Pride Scavenger Hunt on Friday night, Street Party Saturday night with live music, competitions and entertainment, and concludes with a pancake breakfast and parade on Sunday morning. Over the […]

— Nicole Branstad

The calm in the storm

While the new class of talented and eager P.A. students has already begun their first year at DMU, we D.O. students are enjoying a much needed break in our training as our summer gets into full swing.  As we all step out into the real world for the first time in months (on the second […]

— Nathan McConkey

To market, to market

(Blog post updated 9/8/11) Can’t make it to the downtown farmer’s market on Saturdays but still want to support local growers? You might not have to look too far! Did you know that neighborhoods in and around Des Moines have their own farmer’s markets throughout the summer? Perhaps you’ve even driven by one and not […]

— Nicole Branstad

Free stress relief

It seems like nothing is free these days. Well, at least not until now. The Des Moines Park and Recreation Department invites you to enjoy your Saturday morning by participating in a free weekly yoga session at Gray’s Lake this summer. Maximize your stress relief by practicing yoga next to the water’s edge at the […]

— Nicole Branstad

Do the zoo brew!

The Blank Park Zoo has a little fun planned just for grownups… Wednesday kicks off their summer series, Zoo Brew, with music and drinks. A 21+ event, there’s a different beverage each week and the grill will cook up complimenting eats. The doors open at 5:30, show stars at 6. It’s $10.95 a person each […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Get the wheels turnin’

  Tomorrow is official bike to work day, so dust off those spokes, pump up those tires and put on your padded shorts. Celebrate the nationally recognized day with bagels, coffee and juice at Nollen Plaza in downtown Des Moines from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. With the help of Urban Ambassadors, this will be […]

— Nicole Branstad

Adventure days at the zoo

New this year, Adventure Days at Blank Park Zoo will focus on different themes as they relate to children, families, and animals. Adventure Days will provide activities for families, as well as costume characters and much more. Dates and themes are listed below. All activities will take place during Zoo hours, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, May […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Attack of the body-snatchers

Students in DMU’s clinical programs and master of science in anatomy program are privileged to begin exploring the body and performing dissections on donated bodies in their first semester, but that wasn’t the case in past centuries: The inability of medical schools and scientists to acquire specimens, the lack of legislation and regulation of body […]

— Barb Boose

Family friendly fests

With warmer weather ahead, now is the time to get outdoors before summer sets in and the rising temps are unbearable. Des Moines offers many fun kid-friendly events throughout the spring and summer, but I thought I would give you a heads up on a few events that are happening this weekend that would be […]

— Nicole Branstad

Friday recipe: spring asparagus angel hair pasta

Tomorrow is opening day for one of my favorite Des Moines events: the Downtown Farmers’ Market! Held every Saturday through October 29, the market is a big social event, drawing thousands of people to the Court Avenue district. It’s a terrific treat for the senses with its sights, sounds (including live music), smells and textures. […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Git yer cowboy hat out!

For the Big Country Bash! It’s not ’til June 26 but if you want to see Trace Adkins and Dierks Bentley, along with quite a few other country stars, you’ll want to get your tickets soon! It’s outdoors with lots of stars and makes for a really great time, from what I’ve heard!

— Courtney Tompkins

Tunes on the river

Tomorrow kicks off the annual Nitefall on the River concert series. They’re held at Simon Estes Amphitheater (Yep, named after Simon Estes, one of our adjunct profs!) which is a perfect spot to kick back, kick off your shoes and listen to live music. This year’s lineup includes: Slightly Stoopid & the Meat Puppets (May […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Under your skin

Ever wonder what your body looks like with no skin? Well, you’re in luck because the Science Center of Iowa is hosting the lauded BODY WORLDS Vital traveling exhibit starting this Saturday, May 7. Real donated human bodies are preserved through plastination and will be on display for guests to get a glimpse at what […]

— Nicole Branstad